Pedro Ramirez ID'd by Police as Drunk Driver in Head-on Crash That Killed a 5-Year-Old
Phoenix police have identified 19-year-old Pedro Ramirez as the allegedly drunk driver who got in a head-on collision on the morning of April 30, killing a 5-year-old boy.
The boy's mom was arrested, too, and faces child-abuse charges for putting her youngster in the car driven by Ramirez, and not placing the boy in any of the three child-safety seats in her car, according to police.
Police said not one of the three occupants in the car driven by Ramirez was wearing a seat belt, as Ramirez, allegedly drunk, crossed the center line around 8 a.m. that morning and crashed head-on into a Chevy truck.
Five-year-old Angel Alvarez died from the crash, and his mother, 21-year-old Evangelina Barrios, sustained serious injuries.
Ramirez was in critical condition after the crash, and police delayed releasing his name due to his "incapacitating injury," and charges against him were pending.
Now that Ramirez is capacitated, he was booked into jail Friday on one count of manslaughter, one count of aggravated assault, and one count of extreme DUI.
Barrios, on the other hand, was arrested this morning on a child-abuse charge for putting her kiddo in the car and not putting him in one of the child-safety seats. Her boy was not only not wearing a seat belt, but possibly was in the front seat of the car, too.
Police said Ramirez -- who wasn't a licensed driver -- was driving north on 37th Avenue when he crossed over the center line, into oncoming traffic, specifically the Chevy Silverado.
The Silverado driver was wearing a seat belt and the air bag went off. That driver wasn't injured.
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